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OPINION: Convene industrial inquiry commission into yearlong Chronicle Herald strike

OPINION: Convene industrial inquiry commission into yearlong Chronicle Herald strike

'We believe this is not about saving money. It is clear the Chronicle Herald's owners and management are trying to wipe out the union. Organizations, including government and businesses, that continue to advertise in the paper are simply prolonging the duration of the dispute,' writes Danny Cavanagh, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour.
Dementia affects all Nova Scotians; here's how you can help

Dementia affects all Nova Scotians; here's how you can help

Without understanding how the symptoms affect the individual, we are at risk of being more impatient, less tolerant and unintentionally adding to day-to-day challenges for people with dementia. Whether we are at the local coffee shop, bank or neighbourhood grocery store, or even at a family gathering, there are things we can do to improve someone’s quality of life — such as taking our time, being supportive and being friendly.
OPINION: Student teachers left dangling for no good reason

OPINION: Student teachers left dangling for no good reason

I recently moved from Halifax to my hometown of Port Hastings in order to save money on rent and complete my practicum at a board where I wish to teach ... I’ve had to pick up a few extra jobs here in town while I wait, since I cannot afford to sit around. None of the 500-plus student teachers should be expected to wait for a service they’ve paid to participate in.
PAUL SCHNEIDEREIT: Calm weather on weekends crucial to keeping Big Lift on schedule

PAUL SCHNEIDEREIT: Calm weather on weekends crucial to keeping Big Lift on schedule

Will the Big Lift be completed on time this fall? The answer — to wheel out a well-worn refrain — is blowing in the wind. “If we get snowstorms in the middle of the week, and high winds in the middle of the week, but the weekends look good, we should be good,” says Jon Eppell, Halifax Harbour Bridges’ chief bridge engineer.
OPINION: Friday the 13th stretches through the weekend

OPINION: Friday the 13th stretches through the weekend

It never pays to tempt fate. Halfway through last Friday afternoon, I realized the date. Long synonymous with bad luck, Friday the 13th hadn’t done so much as wink its long eyelashes in my general direction. I scoffed at the superstitious and continued plowing through the to-do list.
OPINION: Are Canadians learning to distrust Trudeau?

OPINION: Are Canadians learning to distrust Trudeau?

The botched electoral reform initiative and the access-for-cash mess highlight a growing disconnect between voters and the Liberals. If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doesn't get the message on his current listening tour and in the months to come, he might find in 2019 that his warranty has run out.
OPINION: Lunenburg council's obstructionism comes back to bite dog grooming business

OPINION: Lunenburg council's obstructionism comes back to bite dog grooming business

Jennifer Sinclair and husband Chris Brodka made plans to move to Lunenburg where she would set up a home-based dog grooming business. After months of house-hunting, they were told dog grooming is not a personal service because the service is to the dog and not the human. Jenn was flabbergasted. She explained that the dog does not bring itself. ... The service is to the person. They put their house on the market! Why weren't they ever informed the town changed its mind?
OPINION: Could Trump save the Canadian dairy industry from itself?

OPINION: Could Trump save the Canadian dairy industry from itself?

The problem is Canada's dairy sector has never really had a strategy — other than protectionism. In today's world, that won't do. Donald Trump might be just what the industry needs to become relevant to our economy. Let's hope it's not too late.
COMMENTARY: Saying no to new ageism -- why we can't dismiss caring for the old

COMMENTARY: Saying no to new ageism -- why we can't dismiss caring for the old

Should medicine be ageist? A young trainee doctor recently proposed to me that it should. Health care is overstretched, she argued. “We can’t do everything for everyone, so why spend money on old people, who have little chance of benefit?”  For her, ageism is not all that bad — in fact, it’s a practical response to limited resources.
OPINION: Why workers over 65 should be entitled to employer health plans, too

OPINION: Why workers over 65 should be entitled to employer health plans, too

Imagine having your private health insurance — dental, vision, prescription drug, life, travel and disability coverage — suddenly terminated by your employer at age 65 while you’re still working for them, and just when you might really need it. That’s what happened to Maureen, a senior executive at a large and profitable computer company.